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SSHRC Partnership Grant

8 September 2014

We are delighted to report that the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance will continune its work on disability policy over the next 7 years as part of a partnership led by Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis of McMaster University.  More than 50 partners – ranging from community-based disability-related service groups to government organizations at every level, and from university researchers to non-profits and national charities – are committed to developing and implementing evidence-based tools and services to assist Canadians with disabilities to achieve full community participation.

“Canadians with physical disabilities do not fully enjoy the UN-protected basic right to ‘full and effective participation and inclusion in society’,” says Martin Ginis. “Canadians with disabilities consistently identify three areas where they feel the most restrictions, and where they’d most like to participate – in the workforce, in sports and recreation, and simply being able to move about their communities independently and with dignity.”

Martin Ginis’ project has been awarded $2,643,997 and was one of only fourteen chosen by SSHRC in the Canada-wide Partnership Grants competition.

McMaster co-applicants Catherine Connelly, Canada Research Chair in Organizational Behaviour and associate professor in the DeGroote School of Business, will lead the Employment (both employment-seeking and retention) team, and  Steven Bray, professor of kinesiology, will be part of the Sport (both recreational and competitive leisure time physical activities) team.

“Our partnership is poised to generate new knowledge that can be turned into products, tools and services that will have a profound impact on community participation among the nearly three million Canadians living with physical disabilities,” says Martin Ginis. “The social and economic significance of these activities cannot be overstated – when people with physical disabilities are full participants in their communities, all Canadians benefit from a strong, more competitive society in which everyone can use their talents, skills and resources.”

Brett Smith, leader of the Psycho-social Health and Wellbeing strand is a co-investigator on the grant and will be part of a team that will examine the quality of physical activity amongst disabled people using a range of innovative methods.

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